While I grew up reading Nora Roberts, and she was one of the authors that lured me into this genre, it has been many years since I have read one of her books.
My daughter bought me this paperback for mother’s day this past year. It was prominently displayed at Target, and she saw that it was in the romance section. While it might not be my usual fare, it was a thoughtful gift, and it delighted her to no end to see me reading it.
Honestly, though, that is about where the joy ended.
I kept waiting for the plot to come into focus. I am still not sure what it was other than the heroine being willing to accept who she was and that she could be loved. But even then, there was no real journey to that.
I don’t really have a lot to say about the story. The queen of romance wrote it, so I feel bad saying anything less than positive about it, but the story never gripped me. I never really understood why the characters were attracted to each other or what really kept them apart.
The steamy scenes didn’t make up for it either. And I’ll forgive almost anything for good steamy scenes.
There was also a lot of head-hopping. On one page, we saw the story through four different characters. This is even more head-hopping than you see in many older, more established romance writers where it was expected to see the scene through both the hero and heroine’s perspective.
All in, I don’t regret reading it, but I won’t read it again.
It did teach me a few things.
First, it is incredibly important to have real stakes for your characters. There has to be something keeping them apart. Yes, it can be internal, but a somewhat routine break-up from eight years ago needs a whole more to it.
Second, there has to be something in story that get the character over it. While this book has a happily-ever-after, I am not sure why I didn’t get in on page twenty rather than page two-hundred and seventy-four. Nothing all that much really seemed to happen to make the changes real.
A few things in the story made me pause, like the mention of phone booths and car phones. I checked the copyright date after I finished it. While the book A Touch of Sun was published in 2019, the story Mind Over Matter dates back to the 1980s.
Reminds me how much has changed in romance novels and technology over the last thirty-five years. I might stick to Nora Roberts’ more recent works.